Pull Together/Pull Through: Woven Words, Online Workshop with Iviva Olenick

In this workshop, students will learn how to make a simple loom, the basics of weaving and how to incorporate text into their project.

In this short workshop, students will learn how to create a simple loom out of cardboard, old furniture or an old picture frame. Using this loom, they will learn the basics of weaving. Students will learn how to apply the “over under” and “pull through” concepts of plain weave to drawing letters and words. The instructional language of weaving as a metaphor for “pulling through” and “pulling together” is exceptionally relevant during this moment of uncertainty.

Students will need the following materials:

– cardboard

– yarn

– scissors

– optional: plastic yarn needle or painters tape to put over end of yarn

– optional: pencil and ruler to mark spots for notches on cardboard

– optional: picture frame without glass and emptied of contents

– optional: old chair or table one can turn into a makeshift loom

About the Instructor:

Iviva Olenick is a Brooklyn-based artist developing textiles from seed to fiber and dye and textiles as texts. Her work has been exhibited all over the United States, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Museum of Design Atlanta; the Hunterdon Museum, NJ; Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, NYC; the Center for Book Arts, NYC; the Old Stone House, Brooklyn; Wyckoff House Museum, Brooklyn. Iviva is a faculty member of SVA’s MFA Art Practice program where she teaches Fibers. In addition, she gives artist talks and designs intensive textile-based workshops for museums and universities.

All images are provided courtesy of the instructor.

About the Center for Book Arts:

The Center for Book Arts promotes active explorations of both contemporary and traditional artistic practices related to the book as an art object. The Center seeks to facilitate communication between the book arts community and the larger spheres of contemporary visual and literary arts, while being a model organization locally, nationally, and internationally within the field. We achieve this through exhibitions, classes, public programming, literary presentations, opportunities for artists and writers, publications, and collecting.